Being responsible and showing integrity on the job is something that God expects. When we waste time or literally steal it for another purpose, this is a theft. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
Time theft. Without a doubt this is one of the most serious and growing problems in our country today. What is time theft? Time theft is the stealing of one minute, an hour here and there, even a day, that could be devoted to one thing but is used for another purpose that it was not originally intended for. In a recent survey conducted by a large U.S. corpora- tion, it was found that the average employee spends 14.9 minutes a day making personal phone calls and browsing on the internet. On an annual basis that adds up to 62 hours--a work week and a half. At a rate of a low $15 per hour and multi- plied against the thousands of employees in this corporation, that’s nearly $500,000 a year in “stolen” time.
According to Creative Management Magazine, time theft--deliberate waste and abuse of time costs the U.S. economy over $120 billion a year. This loss is three times more than it is for recognized business crime. At some companies 20- 40% of employee time is stolen. (Creative Management, in Homemade, May, 1985.)
Remember how difficult it was to waste time when you were in school? No, I’m not talking about the time when the teacher wasn’t looking. But, when that teacher was in command of the classroom and you were under the direct supervi- sion of his or her eyes and ears, you were usually motivated to use the time given to you to do what was expected of you. Out of respect for the teacher’s authority, you kept the launching stray rubber bands and paper clips to a bare minimum. Simply, when the eyes of authority were focused on your little corner of the classroom, monkey business was something you usually reserved for recess or the ride home on the bus. Stealing time during class periods away from your work was something that usually resulted in a “time-out” spend after school or in detention.
Being responsible and showing integrity on the job is something that God expects from each of us. When we waste time or literally steal it for another purpose, this is a theft no less serious than embezzlement or fraud. When we use others’ time to do our own personal business, we are not only stealing from them, we are stealing from God and, ultimately, from ourselves. This is time that we could be doing not only our employer’s will but we could be doing our Father’s will. God, ultimately, is our supervisor in every task we undertake in this life. His eye is upon us no less than was our teacher’s or parent’s when we were young. Working hard and with enthusiasm isn’t something that merely our employer wants. It is also the will of our Heavenly Father. We need to keep our time of labor pure and dedicated to both our employer and our God and leave the monkey business to the the monkeys.
We pray. Heavenly Father, help us to value every task that you give us in life, especially the small ones. Lord, it is our nature sometimes to regard the small tasks with disdain, even to the point where we don’t do the work well or even at all. Forgvie us Lord when we yield to the temptation to not put our fullest into every job, to allow misbehavior into our task because of our unwillingness to give each and every job importance. Help us to realize that even when no one else values what we are doing with a serious eye, especially ourselves, you do. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own” (Matt 6:34)
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